At 19 years old, Alessia Cara has become a heroine for awkward outsiders. On her breakout single, "Here," the Drake-co-signed Canadian singer-songwriter embraces being the antisocial type who would rather hug the walls than follow typical teenage rules. That same contrarian spirit ­powers Know-It-All, a debut album ­featuring a strong sense of adolescent idealism and a spoonful of smart cynicism.

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